Thank you so much for your music and words.
You will remain an inspiration for so many of us.

Here are 11 of my favorite Leonard Cohen songs.

First We Take Manhattan

They sentenced me to twenty years of boredom 
For trying to change the system from within 
I’m coming now, I’m coming to reward them 
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin

I’m your man

If you want a lover 
I’ll do anything you ask me to 
And if you want another kind of love 
I’ll wear a mask for you 
If you want a partner 
Take my hand 
Or if you want to strike me down in anger 
Here I stand 
I’m your man

Lover, lover, lover

He said, “I locked you in this body, 
I meant it as a kind of trial. 
You can use it for a weapon, 
or to make some woman smile.”

There is a war

There is a war between the rich and poor, 
a war between the man and the woman. 
There is a war between the ones who say there is a war 
and the ones who say there isn’t. 
Why don’t you come on back to the war, that’s right, get in it, 
why don’t you come on back to the war, it’s just beginning. 

Avalanche

You who wish to conquer pain, 
you must learn what makes me kind; 
the crumbs of love that you offer me, 
they’re the crumbs I’ve left behind. 
Your pain is no credential here, 
it’s just the shadow, shadow of my wound. 

The Partisan

There were three of us this morning
I’m the only one this evening
but I must go on;
the frontiers are my prison.

Oh, the wind, the wind is blowing,
through the graves the wind is blowing,
freedom soon will come;
then we’ll come from the shadows.

Almost like the blues

There’s torture and there’s killing
And there’s all my bad reviews
The war, the children missing
Lord, it’s almost like the blues

So I let my heart get frozen
To keep away the rot
My father said I’m chosen
My mother said I’m not

Everybody knows

Everybody knows that the war is over 
Everybody knows the good guys lost 
Everybody knows the fight was fixed 
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich 
That’s how it goes 
Everybody knows

Who by fire

And who by brave assent, who by accident,
who in solitude, who in this mirror,
who by his lady’s command, who by his own hand,
who in mortal chains, who in power,
and who shall I say is calling?

Hallelujah

I did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you
And even though it all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

You want it darker

Magnified, sanctified, be thy holy name
Vilified, crucified, in the human frame
A million candles burning for the help that never came
You want it darker

Hineni, hineni
I’m ready, my lord